Florida A&M (FAMU) Admissions Statistics

Learn About FAMU and the GPA and SAT/ACT Scores You'll Need

Lee Hall at Florida A&M University
Lee Hall at Florida A&M University.

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Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University has an acceptance rate of 46 percent and has moderately selective admissions. Applicants will need grades and test scores that are average or better to get in. Scores for the SAT or ACT are required, as are an essay, letters of recommendation, and sufficient credits in core academic areas.


  • Location: Tallahassee, Florida
  • Campus Features: FAMU's 422-acre hilltop campus is defined by its red-brick buildings and Spanish moss-covered oak trees.
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 16:1
  • Athletics: The FAMU Rattlers compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
  • Highlights: FAMU ranks among the top historically black colleges and universities. Undergraduates can choose from 54 bachelor's degree programs, with professional fields such as business, criminal justice, and allied health being extremely popular.

FAMU Admissions Statistics 2017-18

For students who entered the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in the 2017-18 academic year, the acceptance rate was 46 percent. Below you'll find accepted student SAT and ACT scores organized by score percentile.

SAT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 500 580
Math 500 560
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

If you compare SAT scores for Florida's public universities, you'll see that FAMU is the least selective of the group. That said, an average SAT score is a little over 500 per section, so you're still going to need solid scores to be admitted.

ACT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 16 22
Math 17 22
Composite 18 22

As with the SAT, if you compare ACT scores for Florida's public universities, you'll see that FAMU has a lower admissions bar than all of the other schools. An average ACT score is 21, so admitted students tend to hover around an average score.

FAMU GPA, SAT Score, and ACT Score Graph

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University GPA, SAT scores, and ACT scores for admission
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University GPA, SAT scores, and ACT scores for admission. Graph courtesy of Cappex 

The FAMU GPA, SAT score, and ACT score data in the graph was self-reported by applicants to the university. Grades are unweighted. You can see the real-time graph and calculate your own chances of getting into FAMU with a free Cappex account.

Discussion of FAMU's Admissions Standards

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University is one of the top historically black universities in the country. Although only about half of all applicants to FAMU are admitted, the admissions bar isn't overly high. If you worked hard in high school and earned decent grades, you should be able to get in. In the graph above, the green and blue dots represent admitted students. You can see that the great majority had a high school average of a 2.5 (a B-/C+) or higher. Nearly all admitted students had combined SAT scores (ERW+M) of 900 or higher, and an ACT composite of 16 or higher. Realize, however, that FAMU does not use combined or composite test scores. Instead, the admissions officers will look at your individual reading, math, and writing scores. Also, realize that the GPAs reported by applicants above are unweighted, but FAMU will recalculate your high school grades to give extra weight to IB, Dual Enrollment, AP, and Honors classes. The rigor of your high school courses can play a meaningful roll in the admissions process.

Admission to Florida A&M University is not a simple mathematical equation of grades and test scores. The university has holistic admissions and looks at non-empirical factors such as an application essayextracurricular activities, and two letters of recommendation. If you have taken time off between high school and college, the application provides space for listing employment, military service, or other activities you have been involved with since graduation. All applicants are given an opportunity to list clubs, organizations, community service work, special talents, awards, and work experiences. If you have been highly involved in high school or after graduation, it is probably in your best interest to attach an additional sheet to the application to fully articulate your activities. Freshman applicants will also need to respond to two of three essay prompts on the following topics: a meaningful activity, interest, experience or achievement; your family history, culture, or environment; or, your unique qualities or characteristics that will make you a valuable member of the FAMU community.

Note that the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication and the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences involve more thorough application review than other units at the university. FAMU has a rolling admissions policy, but it is always in your best interest to apply early.

Visit the FAMU admissions website for further information and to get the most up-to-date admissions informaition. 

More FAMU Information

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University offers a high quality education at a relatively low price, and students tend to graduate with average loan debt. When calculating the value of FAMU, however, be sure to take into consideration the school's low four-year graduation rate.

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Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 9,913 (8,024 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 35 percent male / 65 percent female
  • 86 percent full-time

Costs (2017 - 18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $5,785 (in-state); $17,725 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,138 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,594
  • Other Expenses: $5,364
  • Total Cost: $22,881 (in-state); $34,821 (out-of-state)

Florida A&M Financial Aid (2016 - 17)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 96 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 88 percent
    • Loans: 69 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $10,291
    • Loans: $6,964

Academic Programs

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 83 percent
  • Transfer Out Rate: 6 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 13 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 48 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Tennis, Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Cross Country, Track and Field
  • Women's Sports: Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Track and Field, Bowling, Softball, Cross Country

If You Like FAMU, You May Also Like These Schools

Applicants to FAMU often apply to other strong historically black colleges and universities. Popular choices include Howard University, Spelman College (women only), Hampton University, and North Carolina A&T State University. Note that both Spelman and Howard are a bit more selective than FAMU.

Applicants also tend to be drawn to some of Florida's other public universities such as the University of Central Florida, Florida International University, and the University of South Florida. All of Florida's public universities represent excellent values.

Data Source: National Center for Education Statistics